Light-Weight, Solar Cells with High Specific Power and Conversion Efficiency

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0106
Agency Tracking Number: N14A-003-0118
Amount: $755,002.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N14A-T003
Solicitation Number: 2014.0
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-03-05
Small Business Information
6457 Howard Street, Niles, IL, 60714
DUNS: 135553472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Stender
 (847) 588-3001
Business Contact
 Mark Osowski
Phone: (847) 588-3001
Research Institution
 University of Notre Dame
 Patrick Fay
 836a Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN, 46556
 (574) 631-5693
 Nonprofit college or university
MicroLink Devices in collaboration with University of Notre Dame will develop composite lightweight, high-efficiency, epitaxial lift-off (ELO) inverted metamorphic (IMM) triple junction solar cells ideally suited for retrofitting current generation UAVs and integration with next generation platforms in order to substantially increase mission duration beyond current battery only technologies. MicroLink will target composite ELO solar cells (CSC) with ultra high specific power (>3.0 kW/kg) and very high areal power density (>370 W/m2). ELO is a unique disruptive technology that affords an attractive cost reduction model through substrate reclaim whereby the substrate after solar cell functional layers have been removed can be repolished and used for another solar cells growth. This model allows the cost of the substrate to be spread over several solar cell growth runs.

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